Between Two Kingdoms

Cori’s Pick:  Between Two Kingdoms: A Memoir of a Life Interrupted by Suleika Jaouad Fresh out of college, 22 year old Suleika Jaouad has just moved to Paris, is pursuing her dream job and has fallen in love.  But what literally started as an itch on her legs quickly escalates and throws her life into…

Forever and a Day

Bob’s Pick: Forever and a Day by Anthony Horowitz Who can resist the “tour de force” that is James Bond? As an agent for her majesty’s secret service, his debonair demeanor, his handsome features, his smart appearance, his dry British wit, all make him a man to be envied and admired. Yet, like a bejeweled…

The Bad Muslim Discount

Cori’s Pick:  The Bad Muslim Discount by Syed Masood The title is what initially caught my attention of this debut by Syed Masood, paired with the fact that the cover is gorgeous – yes, the librarian will indeed judge a book by its cover – no apologies.  Per usual with books (and people) the contents…

Hamnet

Jane’s Pick: Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell Hamnet is a fictionalized account of the death of Shakespeare’s young son Hamnet, but the story isn’t about Shakespeare at all – his name is never mentioned. He is, in turns, called the Latin tutor, the father, the husband. This is one of my favorite aspects of the book,…

Greenlights

Rebecca’s Pick: Greenlights by Matthew McConaughey I’ve never been a huge Matthew McConaughey fan, but I’ve never outright disliked him either. I don’t know about you, but I when I hear his name I immediately get the mental image of Wooderson from Dazed and Confused who oozed cool as he uttered the iconic line “alright,…

The Charmed Wife

Jane’s Pick: The Charmed Wife by Olga Grushin At a glance, The Charmed Wife is a modern retelling of the Cinderella story. Cinderella and Prince Charming have now been married 13 years, and all is not so happily ever after. The Charmed Wife is such an unusual and original book and saying too much about…

Black Buck

Cori’s Pick:  Black Buck by Mateo Askaripour Mateo Askaripour’s Black Buck is why I love debut fiction.  It is brimming with energy and grit, and a very strong point of view.  Askaripour has an important message to deliver and this hilarious satire gets the job done. The book centers around twenty-two year old Darren who…

Eagle in the Snow

Bob’s Pick: Eagle in the Snow by Wallace Breem One of my most favorite genre of books is historical fiction. This book has been hailed as a classic and deservedly so in depicting military life during the fall of Rome’s Rhine frontier around 406 AD. The whole Western Roman Empire collapsed in 476 AD *….

Better Luck Next Time

Cori’s Pick:  Better Luck Next Time by Julia Claiborne Johnson Back in 2017 I reviewed Be Frank With Me, Julia Claiborne Johnson’s debut that was published in 2016, and it was one of my very favorite books that year.  And as all book lovers do, I have waited not-so-patiently for her next novel, and the…

Leave the World Behind

Jane’s Pick: Leave the World Behind by Rumaan Alam Leave the World Behind is a breathtaking book, and by that I mean I feel as if I can’t breathe right now as finish the last page. The author unfolds the narrative in a way that raised my anxiety, but, I swear – that is a…